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Esposito discusses religious differences listen

11/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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John Esposito is the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, where he is a professor of religion, international affairs and Islamic studies.

Esposito was in Tampa on Saturday to address a banquet for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). WMNF spoke with Esposito and began by asking about his most recent book.

“…I’m certainly hopeful that the Al-Arian situation will be turned around.”

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Pinellas Democrats caucus in St. Petersburg

11/17/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee met Saturday in St. Petersburg.

Along with former paid Obama field coordinators, the DEC laid out how it plans to put Democrats into office in Pinellas.

Speaking to a crowd which consisted mostly of Precinct Chairpersons and other local political figures gathered in the St. Petersburg Public Library, Obama field coordinator Ella Coffee started off by talking about why she feels that Pinellas County went blue in the Presidental election...

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Protesters rally against ban on gay marriage listen

11/17/08 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In protest of the passing of Amendment 2 that bans same-sex marriage in Florida, hundreds gathered at Mirror Lake Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday. Rallies were also held in Hillsborough County and in cities across the country on Saturday to protest similar laws that were passed in the recent election.

The protest was part of a larger movement across the country called “Join the Impact” which originated in California on Nov. 7 to protest the passing of Proposition 8, a law similar t...

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Keith Ellison interview, Part 1 listen

11/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In 2006, Keith Ellison was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Minnesota. When he took office in January 2007, he became the first Muslim to ever serve in Congress. In the first half of this interview recorded on Saturday in Tampa, WMNF began by asking Ellison about his background.

“… I’m very proud of my country right now – it’s not the first time I’ve been proud of my country, but it is one of those times I’ve been really honored to be an America...

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CAIR urges Muslims to define themselves listen

11/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held its 6th annual banquet Saturday at the Tampa Convention Center. Speakers included Georgetown University professor John Esposito and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress.

Following prayers, about 600 people gathered to hear about the theme American Muslims: Defining Ourselves. Ellison said that during the recent presidential campaign, others groups attempted to define Islam and what it means to be Muslim. Many even tried...

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Recycling and waste reduction

11/17/08 Jon Butts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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One of the foremost local experts in recycling and waste reduction, Mitch Kessler with Kessler Consulting, spent the entire hour with us. Some of the topics included local and state regulations, the most recyclable products, local contact information, the future of recycling, recycled products, curbside recycling, business applications, etc.

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Poll: Americans want to address climate change now listen

11/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A coalition of 31 national environmental organizations recently called on President-elect Barack Obama to work with Congress to pass ambitious economy-wide climate change legislation, while moving ahead under the Clean Air Act to set greenhouse gas emission limits on electric power plants, cars and fuels.

Jerry Karnas, the Florida Climate Project Director with the Environmental Defense Fund, says a new survey commissioned by his organization on Election Night shows that even in this time o...

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Thea Gilmore in concert for WMNF

11/15/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Thea Gilmore has been described as “the best wordsmith of her generation” and “the best British singer/songwriter of the last 10 years - and then some.”

Before the release of Harpo’s Ghost, Thea had been diagnosed with depression. During this time Thea had split with her previous record label and temporarily split with her long-term partner. Prior to Liejacker, Thea was faced with further hard-times when she parted company with her manager of ten years standing, split with her â...

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A discussion of abortion and life

11/15/08 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Jennifer Baumgardner, Author, Activist. In Abortion & Life, Jennifer Baumgardner reveals how the most controversial and stigmatized Supreme Court decision of our time cuts across eras, classes and race.

In this bold new work, Baumgardner explores some of the thorniest issues around terminating a pregnancy, including the ones that the pro-choice establishment has been the least sensitive or effective in confronting.

Jennifer will speak at USF Tampa on Monday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in th...

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Pollster: Americans want auto industry bailout listen

11/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Senate's senior Democrat is asking the top Republican to allow votes next week on new emergency loans for the Detroit Three automakers and more jobless aid to the unemployed.

Harry Reid wrote to GOP Leader Mitch McConnell today asking him to clear Republican roadblocks to passing the package in a post-election session that begins Monday. Reid says aid for the auto industry and jobless is "especially urgent."

McConnell has not taken a public position on such a plan. He is calling in...

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Economists question IMF's ability to solve economic crisis listen

11/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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World leaders are gathering in Washington, D.C., this weekend for a summit to address the global economic crisis. Already, the Financial Stability Forum and the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, have announced that they will conduct "early warning exercises" to identify weaknesses in the global financial system. But some economists are calling for a reduced IMF role.

The International Monetary Fund is known for imposing austerity measures on deve...

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Another local GOP contender for Party Chair listen

11/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With the announcement earlier this week that David Storck is stepping down from his post as chairman of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, several names have been mentioned as possible successors – none more prominent than Deborah Cox-Roush, who has been the event chair for the past four years.

She’s also president of the Fishhawk Republican Club, and is a graduate of the Tillie Fowler Excellent in Public Service graduate. She also serves on the Status for the Co...

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State to take over prison food services listen

11/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Budget cuts are affecting every aspect of state government, including state prisons.

Earlier this year, state legislation ordered the Department of Corrections to reduce its $83.9 million food service budget by more than $9 million.

To do that, the Legislature wanted the vendors employed by the state, Aramark and Trinity Food Services, to cut back on calories served and to reduce their staff.

But that didn’t work out, and now the state will soon be using another vendor, and will ...

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Tampa City Council favors TECO deal listen

11/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last week, the Tampa City Council rejected a proposed 25-year franchise agreement with Tampa Electric Co. Several council members said TECO’s reluctance to include the use of alternative fuels in its portfolio was among the factors in their rejecting the proposed pact.

But last night, one Councilman’s about face on the issue, reversed the vote.

The difference was Councilman Joseph Caetano, who made a motion to reconsider the matter so he could change his no vote to yes.

That ang...

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Sink addresses Institute for Business conference listen

11/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa-based Institute for Business & Home Safety is holding its annual conference at the Convention Center this week. The conference for people in the insurance industries is on property loss reduction. This morning’s keynote speaker was Alex Sink, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer.

In response to the eight hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004 and 2005, state lawmakers set aside $250 million for the [My Safe Florida Home...

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